It’s a plane. No, it’s a helicopter. Not a common site at Pine Island, but there was one out there all night on Monday night. Hovering, it’s a little creepy the way it just sits there in the sky without moving. But when it just dropped straight down like a yo yo it was even more creepy. I had to get up to see if it crashed, but it was hovering at a lower altitude. Then it went back up just as abruptly. I heard a voice comment that it must be a military helicopter, I’ll take their word for it. I’ve been going to Pine Island almost every night, I can’t seem to help myself. The night before I had taken a pretty good picture of a bird, and I downloaded Merlin to help me identify it. I belong to several photography groups, one on birds and one on wildlife, and I hate to ask them to identify a bird that is ridiculously common. So I put my picture through Merlin and it told me it was a female boat tailed grackle, the same bird that I had taken a picture of when I was looking for eagles at the landfill. In such a different setting it never crossed my mind that it might be the same bird. So I got to wondering about the male grackles, and that got me to notice the water spigots that are adjacent to the picnic tables. One was dripping and I saw a bird take a drink. I spent most of my time concentrating on the faucet after that.
While I was concentrating on the faucet I looked to check on the sunset and had this perspective, I thought it looked like a Florida Nativity Scene.It was a pretty good evening, all things considered.